I cannot believe I’ve hit the 9 month mark already. Although people keep saying I look like I am ready to pop, burst, explode (oh I’ve heard it all and then some) I technically still have a few weeks to go until this baby comes. Although I feel so lucky to have had a good and healthy pregnancy, I do admit, keeping up my work schedule is getting harder (especially because it’s so tough to sleep but I hear that’s normal!). My feet and legs are so swollen (I am trying to keep them elevated as much as possible and wearing my not so comfortable doctor prescribed compression tights but nothing seems to help) they are unrecognizable! This baby is moving and kicking like crazy- and wants out I think!
The nesting thing I heard about I guess has kicked in! I just want everything organized and set up. I’ve been cleaning like crazy. A few weeks ago, we moved, so unpacking has been a bit stressful. But slowly, with the help of my amazing parents, I am crossing things off the list. I think I have all the baby stuff I need. (I am so behind on getting thank you cards out and I feel terrible about that!) One of my best friends, Vanessa Alfano, is a Mommy Blogger and made me this list of her favorite baby gear (and my very loving work family surprised me with this segment!).
We went to hospital orientation on Sunday… it seemed that all of the other parents-to-be (all due way after me btw) had their bags packed and pediatricians picked. I am getting on both this week (and thank Elizabeth for sending me a care package with a lot of what I’ll need)! Would love any of your mommy-must-haves and Long Island friends, any Nassau County south shore pediatricians you love!
So in the middle of this craziness (we are also opening a new restaurant this month) my dear friend Ingrid (again) suggested that I take maternity pics and said she had the perfect photographer friend to do it. At first I said no… not feeling so great about how I look… and I have plenty of pics of me and videos of me… and I don’t have time for a photo session…. so, I said no again…. and then several more people suggested I take some and said I’d regret not taking them. One of my girlfriends said, “you are so blessed to be pregnant- god willing you will have this blessing again- but who knows.”
So, Ingrid was kind enough to set the whole thing up with Jennifer of Two Bees photography at a beach by my house last week, and even picked me a dress to wear. I practically forced my husband to go… I was kind of embarrassed and nervous but Jen (who is a mom) made me feel so comfortable and was so quick (thank goodness because Mo isn’t so patient with those types of things) and now I am so happy that she captured this very special time in our lives. She even delivered me the flash drive today in the cutest package! Although these are very personal to me, I thought I’d share a few with you because I am very grateful.
I do have to apologize if you received an inappropriate response to a kind comment on a previous post, someone made an email account pretending to be me and was responding to many of you. They also write mean and hurtful things to me as well. I choose not to let hate and negativity impact me during this very precious time. Instead, I send that person prayers that they somehow find peace and happiness for themselves.
Thank you for all of the well wishes and kind notes… I appreciate all of the love & advice!